The Top 10 Music Man Bass Lines

In this episode, I’m breaking down one of the most iconic sounds in music – the Music Man bass and the 10 greatest recorded bass lines that used it. From punk, to funk, to rock, to hip hop, to jazz, I’ll break down MY Top 10 which includes worthy contenders from Fugazi to Scofield to Sade to Queen to Chic and more.

I even attempt to recreate each line (and sound) with my trusty Sterling by Music Man and a little EQ.

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Paul Thompson has been playing bass professionally for over 30 years, including recording and touring stints with trumpeter Maynard Ferguson and saxophonist Stanley Turrentine. Recent playing credits include Bob Reynolds, John Pizzarelli, Jeff 'Tain' Watts, and Bob James, among others. Currently, he can be seen playing in and around the Pittsburgh, PA area with the THOTH Trio, the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, and many other musicians in the city's rich Jazz community. An educator of over 25 years, Paul currently teaches Jazz Bass at Duquesne University, West Virginia University, and his alma mater, Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 Performing Arts School.

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